Ball pagès : the traditional dance of Ibiza
The traditional dance of the Pine islands is called ball pagès in Catalan (or country dance), and there is a clear difference between the role of the men and the women. The man invites the woman to dance by a clack of his castanets. The woman, with a submissive attitude, arms collected in the body, stares at the floor and not the dancer, while she moves with very short, quick steps going in circles within which man acts.
The dancers are all dressed in colourful costumes and depending on the occasion, adorned with spectacular jewels called “emprendadas”.The music is performed by the sonador with the drum and the flute and by the male dancers, playing their castanets. In terms of rhythmic varieties, there are sa curta and sa llarga (literally, the long one and the short one).
The clothing, and in particular the ladies costume, is rather spectacular thanks to the emprendades, or bejewelled chest plates made with coral and silver or gold.
The origin of our dances is unknown, although some of its characteristics (a circle) and the intense ritualism make us think that they may be of ancient origin. If you have the chance to enjoy while your visit on the island don’t miss it!